Traffic Signals Become 4-Way Stops

Traffic Signals Become 4-Way Stops

The Wyoming Department of Transportation is reminding drivers that if you approach a non-functioning traffic control signal from any direction at an intersection, you must treat it like a 4-way stop.

Transportation department spokeswoman Ronda Holwell says just because a traffic control signal is not functioning at an intersection does not mean drivers are relieved of their duty to exercise care and caution.

She says if two vehicles approach an intersection without a traffic control device or with a non-functioning traffic control signal from different roadways at the same time, the driver on the left must yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on his or her immediate right.

Above all, drivers are reminded that it's their duty to always drive with care and caution, especially when approaching an intersection with a non-functioning signal.
If other drivers are at the intersection, she says remember to be courteous, use caution, and do everything possible to try to determine the intentions of other motorists and communicate your intentions.

And, if you are unsure of how to proceed, even if you have the right-of-way, it is better to allow another driver to go ahead, if it appears he or she is going to do so, instead of taking the risk.

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